Comments from Al Alvarez

Showing 376 - 400 of 3,000 comments

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

If clearances still existed in Manhattan the Ziegfeld would have closed long ago. The 42nd street theatres with staggered showtimes on multiple screens and bigger grosses would deny it any product at all, much less tentpole titles.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

This is the New York Post folks. What they meant is “that story we made up last week is simply not true.” They do this all the time.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

Marc is thinking of the David.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

You should take everything from Fox News sources in stride. The Ziegfeld couldn’t loose over $1 million a year even if it remained closed all year. The math simply doesn’t add up.

The two theatres on 42nd street do lose more than that with their newer leases, but they are cash producing cows and that cash can be invested elsewhere before the bills have to get paid.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Evergreen Theatre on Jul 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

Apparently it was the SOHO for a few months before it became the SOBO.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Roosevelt Theatre on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

In its early days it was mostly an art house and Cinemascope was not an issue but by 1956 this was South Florida’s first Cinerama house that proscenium obsolete.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Bijou Cinema on Jul 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

We always called them ‘hawkers’. I had never heard the term ‘candy butcher’ before.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Bijou Cinema on Jul 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

A candy butcher?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Paraiso Theater on Jun 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The Madison theatre referred to in the article must be the Caribe.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

This theatre has always closed between bookings when the boxoffice did not meet the house nut. Only Cineplex Odeon kept it open all year round, no matter what and ate the loss.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

The 1935 Rialto was a completely new structure.

I think Mary Henderson did not consider the Hammerstein Victoria since the building itself was still there in 1935 and indeed not on 42nd street. The American fire and demolition were in 1930 which would make it the first opened and first closed on the block. It may have re-opened after the depression had it not been for the fire.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

The Republic is the Victory.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

A May 15, 1935 NYT article on the demolition of the Rialto states that three walls of the old Hammerstein’s theatre were part of the new theatre and that it was built into the same shell within the Hammerstein Building roof structure shared by the Republic and still standing in 1935.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I think the building was gutted but the remaining basic four walls were reused.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

No. This location did not play movies until 1930.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

According to the NY Times, the Rialto (1916) was the first non-nickelodeon built without a stage and primarily for film.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

bigjoe59, if you pick up Ross Melnick’s book AMERICAN SHOWMAN I think you will better understand why an answer to your question is a problem. The movie was just a small part of the program so no major theatre would be designed primarily for film until perhaps the thirties. Now you would need to define what constitutes a ‘major theatre’.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about George M. Cohan Theatre on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

Try Tremont.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jun 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

stuB, I remember the beautiful Mayfair lamps from your restaurant and may find you a buyer who will take good care of them. Let me know how much you want for them at .

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about North Miami Theatre on Jun 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

It was the Southland in 1972.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about New Metro Twin on Jun 7, 2012 at 7:37 am

He’s going to run into trouble with that ‘no kids under 6’ policy. Cineplex Odeon was sued for attempting that in New York.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

As Joseph mentioned, the Roxy had some first rate product. They just weren’t big hits.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 7:43 am

The last film was “THE WIND CANNOT READ”.

I am not sure what qualifies as ‘A’ level but the “THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE” played in late 1959.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

The theatres were contracted to the studios. The Roxy was aligned to 20th Century Fox who produced flop after flop during this period.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

I wonder if Wometco used the old marquee when the Harlem became the Capitol in 1972 and it is the Harlem you are actually remembering.

I always felt 1-95 should have been located further west to provide better access in and out of the Orange Bowl. The airport access on the other two made more sense although they did indeed help kill the inland Miami River.